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Press Release: The Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy Offer Guidance to LGBTQI+ [25/06/2019]

IACP Offers Support to LGBTQI+ People During Pride Week

 

For Immediate Release: [25/06/2019]

 

THE IRISH ASSOCIATION FOR COUNSELLING AND PSYCHOTHERAPY OFFER GUIDANCE TO LGBTQI+ PEOPLE AND THEIR FAMILIES DURING PRIDE WEEK 

 IACP Offers Support to LGBTQI+ People During Pride Week

The Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP) recognises that while acceptance of LGBTQI+ people has come a long way, LGBTQI+ people still face a great deal of stigma and discrimination in Ireland. The IACP are committed to providing counselling and psychotherapy that understands the needs of a community that face such persecution. 

Pride has moved from a protest against injustice and discrimination and has, for many, but not all, become a celebration of progress.  The one thing Pride does better than anything else is bring people together, the LGBTQI+ community, their families and friends gather to support and celebrate the diversity of the community and its achievements.

This support, even the smallest amount, is the key to coping with the stigma and discrimination that can still be found in a heteronormative world.  For those who are experiencing these negative effects, IACP Member and Gender & Sexual Diversity Expert Anita Furlong, offers some advice to LGBTQI+ people and their families/friends:

Remember, not just during this season of Pride, but all year round. 

  • Surround yourself with the right people, those who love and support you and who may be experiencing the same things themselves.
  • Know that stigma and discrimination is wrong, educate yourself and stand up for your rights.
  • Pay attention to your self-care, take time for yourself, do things you enjoy, look after your health with care for your diet, sleep and exercise.
  • Share your experiences, find safe spaces such as support and advocacy groups.
  • Talk about it.  Don’t be afraid to get professional help, sometimes it can be too much to handle on your own, find a Counsellor or Psychotherapist who can help and support you and help you feel less isolated.

ENDS

Notes to Editor:

Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy

Established in 1981, the IACP identifies, develops and maintains professional standards of excellence in counselling and psychotherapy. IACP aims to protect the public by promoting best practice and the professional development of its members. IACP is the largest professional body of counsellors and psychotherapists in the Republic of Ireland with over 4,200 members nationwide. IACP provides a telephone referral helpline, an information service; and an online counsellor / psychotherapist / supervisor directory. IACP is a registered Charity (CHY 6615).

For further information, or to arrange an interview with Anita Furlong, please contact Hugh O’Donoghue, 01 214 7933 or 0877206033. 

 

 

 

 

 

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